ST. PAUL  (AP) - Minnesota's lieutenant governor has gotten a unique view of her Capitol office - from thousands of feet up.

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon jumped from a plane at 12,500 feet and landed by parachute on the Capitol lawn Tuesday as part of an event staged to show support for soldiers and their families. The plunge included a 120 miles per hour free fall through a clear blue sky.

Safely on the ground, she described it as "an exhilarating experience" she wouldn't hesitate to repeat.

The 66-year-old Democratic politician made her tandem jump with the touring U.S. Army Parachute Team, also known as the "Golden Knights."

Prettner Solon joins a list of politicians, including former President George H.W. Bush, who have taken to skydiving to promote causes or for recreation.

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